Restaurants and retail stores in Franklin County will reopen May 4 with social distancing restrictions in accordance with Florida Governor DeSantis’ Phase I declarations announced Wednesday, April 29. Beaches in Franklin County will also reopen May 4 in accordance with the Franklin County Commission’s Ordinance easing the beach restrictions announced Thursday, April 30. Beginning May 4, beaches will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each evening. They will remain closed during all other time periods. The phase I reopening declaration did not include lifting the restrictions prohibiting vacation rentals so all short term and vacation rental restrictions are still in effect in Franklin County for the time being.